Fernando Otero

Fernando Otero

 
Fernando Otero

Saturday, October 1, 2:00pm
at Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Fernando Otero
The New Tango Series: Keynotes  

Ticket includes entry to the museum galleries.

Fernando Otero

While the erotic pulse of tango courses through Fernando Otero’s fingers, the Argentine pianist has created his own scintillating musical world through connections with artists from various realms. Embraced by the New York jazz scene, the Buenos Aires-raised, Brooklyn-based musician has performed with legendary bassist Eddie Gomez, flautist Dave Valentin, and the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. More recently, Kronos Quartet premiered one of his pieces at Carnegie Hall and reed maestro Paquito D’Rivera featured Otero on his 2008 Grammy Award-winning album Funk Tango. He’s done well in LA too, working with Academy Award-winning pianist Dave Grusin while earning an open invitation to collaborate with music icon Quincy Jones. Steeped in European classical music as a child (his mother was a noted opera singer), Otero first made his mark playing bandoneon in X Tango. He left a more powerful impression with the 2007 album Pagina de Buenos Aires (Nonesuch), a session featuring his concise, often antic compositions. But he revealed his full measure on Vital (World Village), a tour de force that earned last year’s Best Classical Album Latin Grammy Award.

Artist Personnel

Fernando Otero piano
Nick Danielson violin 

Artist Website

"One of my favorite composers. " — Paquito D'Rivera
"The expressive drama of tango generally animates his compositions, which also involve aspects of classical chamber music and jazz improvisation. " — The New York Times